If you’re active on social media, you can’t miss it. In fact, it’s one of the best things about social media. The pictures and videos—the first day of school.
The pictures are wonderful! New backpacks, lunch boxes, waiting for the bus, and smiles all around (mostly). You can see it in the faces—a combination of hope, joy, excitement, and anxiety that only the first day of school can bring.
A few tears (from Mom and Dad usually) and some separation anxiety at the door. Or, as we get older—the separation happens AT LEAST a block away. Just so your friends don’t see you with Mom or Dad. Oh, the humanity!
Catching up with friends you haven’t seen all summer!
Where did you go on vacation? Did you go to camp? The sports and band kids are already connected because practice started weeks ago. We’ve been hearing the marching band in the mornings at our house if the wind is blowing right.
I have to admit that I wax a little nostalgic as I see kids I’ve baptized hitting another milestone. Kids from my first Sunday School classes are kissing their own kids goodbye at the bus stop now. It’s amazing and wonderful. Oh, the melancholy!
It’s just another rite of passage.
For me, and maybe for you, too!
And here at church we’ve got some of the same stuff going on with Rally Day coming next week, Sunday, September 16. It’s kinda the “first day of school” for church. We move church back into the Sanctuary, we have a big picnic after, and Sunday School starts the following week on September 23. Confirmation Class begins, and 5 o’clock worship in Webb Chapel returns—both on September 23, too!
Each one of us is our own current that joins the flow. And every day following Jesus is a new day. Another chance to start over. Another chance to get it right, and get it wrong, and get it right.
It’s a rite of passage and a right of passage at the same time.
And so it goes…I love the first day of school.
Grace & Peace,